The elected ITER Staff Representatives: Bertrand Beaumont, Doris Spiegel, DG Kaname Ikeda, Craig Taylor and Chang Shuk Kim. (left to right). Not pictured: So Maruyama.
So Maruyama, at the candidates' presentation
For the first time, the ITER staff has elected their official representatives. The polls, specially set up in Meeting Room Nr. 10, were open for two days. Behind closed curtains, the voters had to make their choice out of ten candidates.
Doris Spiegel from Germany, involved in the ITER project and its predecessors since 1989 and currently working as Assistant to the Principal Deputy Director General Norbert Holtkamp, was elected by 65.62 % of the Support Staff (G-Positions) as their "voice". For the Secondees, Craig Taylor was nominated as their representative with 75 % of the votes. Craig works in the Tritium Plant Section. For the professional staff (P-positions), three candidates were elected: Chang Shuk Kim (55.45 %) from Korea working in the Test Blanket Section, Japanese So Maruyama (52.72 %) working in the Fuelling and Wall Conditioning Section and French Bertrand Beaumont (47.27 %) from the Heating and Current Drive Divison. The candidates were elected for one year. The percentage of participation for Category G was 91.42%; for Category S 70.58% and for Category P 83.97%.
The Staff Committee is elected in order to improve the dialogue between the ITER management and the staff. In accordance with the Staff Regulations, the Committee shall be consulted on questions relating to staff welfare and administration.
In particular, the Staff Committee shall:
- defend the professional interest of all staff of the ITER Organization
- make proposals for improving the well-being of the staff
- make suggestions regarding social, cultural and sporting activities for the staff
- represent all staff members vis-à-vis staff associations of other international organizations.